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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

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We’re just so over the moon about Martha Stewart Weddings’ announcement of the top wedding planners of 2014 (featured in the anniversary issue on newsstands this week); and we’re beyond thrilled to share the honor with friends Calder Clark, of Calder Clark Designs, and Maria & Kelly, of Ritzy Bee, as well as other luminaries in our industry whose work we’ve long admired. 2014 has been incredible. Merry Christmas, friends! xox

Flower Magazine

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Peach wedding inspiration

 

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Spring wedding inspiration

Thrilled to see Megan and Will’s wedding in the current issue of Flower Magazine. We adore this couple and couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with us. To see more, pick up the current issue of Flower or click over to the online version of the story here.

Southern Hospitality

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014


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In addition to styling Janie Medley’s lovely feature in the latest Southern Weddings Magazine, the SW girls were kind enough to ask me to contribute to a story called “35 tips for a wedding full of southern hospitality.” Naturally, I wrote about something that’s near and dear to my heart — timing. No matter how beautiful the details, how sumptuous the linens, how striking the flowers, a thoughtfully crafted event day agenda is the foundation of your event; anticipating how your guests will experience each moment of your wedding day and crafting an experience with them in mind is one of the most generous expressions of hospitality!

 

Bouquets inspired by southern states we call home…

Friday, December 20th, 2013

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southern wedding bouquet inspiration

It was such a pleasure to work on this story last spring with Patricia Lyons and Janie Medley for Southern Weddings Magazine’s current issue. We were tasked with bringing the personality and charm of six southern states to life in bouquets. For instance, while Tennessee was a bit wild and folk-inspired, in homage to its country music roots, Florida centered on warm, citrus tropical inspired elements. Pick up the latest issue to see the full story!

floral design by Janie Medley // photography by Patricia Lyons // styling by Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events

Flowers for Ave 42’s holiday pop-up style studio

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

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I was delighted to put together some pretty flowers in blush and gray tones for Ave 42 Design’s pop up shop at short pump mall. Ave 42’s pop up style studio, offering blow-outs, up-dos and makeup, will be in its temporary location, in between nordstrom and south moon under, through the holidays, where you can get ready to “party pretty!”

Sneak Peek: Martha Stewart Real Weddings Special Issue

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

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If you haven’t had a chance to flip through the pages of Martha Stewart’s Real Weddings Special Issue yet, you’re in for a treat!  From new “good things” (always a favorite of mine!), to enchanting floral design, to real wedding features, the special issue, released just twice a year, is rich with inspiration.

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I’m happy to share a sneak peek of one of the weddings featured in this issue —Allison and Tyler’s mediterranean revival affair in Florida. With its pretty peach color palette and a mesmerizing love story (Allison and Tyler met in middle school!), this wedding is the stuff of dreams.

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Guided by her father’s philosophy “the more, the merrier,” more than 370 guests feted the couple, while 14 bridesmaids, wearing neutral and blush-colored gowns, accompanied Allison at the altar, and three priests officiated the ceremony. To see all of the pretty details and read more of the story, be sure to pick up a copy of the Real Weddings Special Issue!

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Photos by Tory Williams, courtesy Martha Stewart Weddings

a spring wedding at tuckahoe plantation

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

We were so honored to work with M + W on their spring wedding at the venerable and ever beautiful Tuckahoe Plantation, captured here by Katie Stoops. Our sweet clients entertained nearly 300 guests under a sperry sailcloth tent on a perfect spring evening, following a Catholic ceremony at a church nearby. The colors were soft and whispery shades of pale, buttercup yellow, mint green and peach. We showered out of town guests with local indulgences — hardywood beer, virginia cookies (with a heart piped over Richmond!), lamplighter coffee. All in all it was a picture perfect day, don’t you think? Could the perfect weather have had something to do with the bottle of bourbon the couple buried at Tuckahoe a month to the day before saying I do? We’d like to think so.

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To see more from this wedding, please visit Snippet & Ink.

perennially pretty party colors

Friday, June 28th, 2013

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Pink, orange and yellow are perennially pretty party colors, but the addition of red, in this table designed by Gen Sohr for Southern Living, is incredible! The wallpaper Sohr used as a runner is brilliant as well! To see more, visit Gen’s blog.

image via Gen’s Favorite as published in the June 2013 issue of Southern Living 

the belly button trick

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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One of the questions I’m asked most during rehearsals or just before ceremonies by a bride or maid who wants to make sure she’s getting it just right is, “how should I hold my bouquet?”. Just remember the belly button rule: hold your bouquet lower than you think it should be — usually at or around your belly button. Bouquets look best carried lower than you think they should be!

photo by Jodi Miller Photography; bouquet designed by Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events